The 115th Annual Lincoln County Fair will get underway Saturday, celebrating “Homegrown, Handmade, and Farm Fresh” in honor of the community’s agricultural producers.
“Lincoln County has a rich agricultural heritage, and we are happy to showcase that heritage throughout our eight-day event,” said Randy Cowley, president of the all-volunteer Lincoln County Fair Association. “The livestock barns will be stocked with cattle, hogs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and rabbits.
“This year, we are proud to present our first Lincoln County Livestock Exhibit, a sampling of all the livestock raised in the county,” he said. “Come see the competition between local producers as they compete for awards in the livestock shows going on daily.
“The Darrell Hale Agriculture Building and Creative Living Building will be filled with exhibits by local 4-H and FFA students, farmers, and gardeners who have worked hard all year to grow, sew and create works that showcase their talent and skills,” he said. “Competitors vie for blue ribbons and other awards in a wide array of categories, from creative writing, cartooning, and computer technology, to field crops, sewing and canning.”
The grandstand events begin on Saturday night, Sept. 7, with a great concert by country entertainer Riley Green, and closes on Sept. 14 with the loud roars and bangs of the Demolition Derby. Back by popular demand will be the Rodeo on Thursday night, Sept. 12.
Harness racing begins Tuesday, Sept. 10, when legendary announcer Charley Therrell opens the week’s slate of Standardbred horse races with his call of “And heeeerrrreeee they come!”
“The half-mile track is the only place in Tennessee to see these beautiful animals race at their finest, and you can see them every afternoon, Tuesday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Sept. 14,” said Cowley.
There will also be some big giveaways, including a 2019 Toyota Camry, valued at $26,997 that will be given away the final night of the Fair, thanks to the following sponsors – the Bank of Lincoln County, Holt’s IGA, Landers McLarty Toyota, Lincoln Paving, Stovall’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service, SJ&L General Contractors, and the Lincoln County Fair.
“On behalf of our board of directors and our volunteers, we want to say a huge thank you to Landers McLarty Toyota as well as the Bank of Lincoln County, Lincoln Paving, Holts IGA, SJ&L Contractors, and Stovall’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service,” Cowley said.
The Camry will be given away at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, and you must be present to win.
“Every paid admission gets a ticket to the drawing,” said Cowley. “The more you come, the more chances you have of winning! Just put your tickets in the boxes every day and be in front of the grandstands on Saturday night, Sept. 14, to win the Toyota Camry.”
2019 Fair highlights
Again this year, it will be Family Fun Night from 6-8 p.m. on Friday night, Sept. 6, with free admission and free parking. Vendors will be open, but the carnival will not. And there will be activities in front of the grandstands.
Gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, for the 2019 Lincoln County Fair. The day will also be armband day – for gate admission of $22, you can ride all the rides you want to throughout the day. The 19th annual Barbecue Cook-Off will begin at 11 a.m., and the afternoon and evening’s entertainment will feature Redd Byrdd at 6 p.m., followed by The Springs at 7 p.m., and then Riley Green at 8 p.m., all live in concert on the Jack Daniel’s Stage in front of the grandstands.
Sunday, Sept. 8, with gate admission for $8, ages 6 and up, will be free to active military, veterans, first responders and law enforcement with identification. Armbands will be available for $20 for all you can ride from 1-5:30 p.m. and $25 from 1 p.m. to close. The day will also include dairy goat shows at 8:30 a.m., miniature horse fun show and stick horse races just before the always favorite quarter horse, mule and pony races which are scheduled to get underway at 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 9, another day with gate admission at $8, will be free for students and school staff. Armbands will be available for $15 each from 5 p.m. to close. The dairy cattle showmanship class and market hog and swine shows start at 5 p.m., with the Junior Miss, Miss Teen and Fairest of the Fair pageants getting underway at 7 p.m. on the Fayetteville Lumber Stage. At the grandstands, a non-sanctioned Truck and Tractor Pull will begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, another $8 admission day, with $2 admission for seniors ages 62 and up, will feature an antique tractor exhibit at 2 p.m. Harness races are also on tap at 2 and 7 p.m., with the Century Farms recognition ceremony during the evening races. The Tiny Miss, Little Miss, and Young Miss pageants will begin at 6 p.m., again on the Fayetteville Lumber Stage. A gift card giveaway, sponsored by Pizza Inn, will be held during the afternoon races, and a utility trailer giveaway, sponsored by Wholesale Trailer and Rental, will be held at the grandstands at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, gate admission $8 for ages 6 and up, will include harness races at 2 p.m. a poultry show and sale at 4:30 p.m., the Power Wheels Demolition Derby for ages 3-7 at 6 p.m. and the Stock Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Pro Wrestling will also be presented on the Fayetteville Lumber Stage at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12, gate admission $10, with all you can ride armbands for $20, will feature harness races at 2 p.m. followed by cattle shows at 5 p.m. Dance Academy will perform on the Fayetteville Lumber Stage at 7 p.m., and the Rodeo will get underway at 8 p.m. at the grandstands.
Friday, Sept. 13, gate admission $12, will include harness races at 2 p.m. followed by Red and Black Angus shows at 5 p.m. The Cheer Magic All-Stars will take the Fayetteville Lumber Stage at 7 p.m., while the Sanctioned Truck and Tractor Pull starts at the grandstands at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14, gate admission $12, will feature armband day, all you can ride for $20 from 1-5:30 p.m. or $30 from 1 p.m. to close. Four-H shows will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fayetteville Lumber Stage, followed by the sheep shows at 1 p.m. Harness races will also start at 1 p.m., with the draft horse and mule shows starting at 5 p.m. in the area of the barns. The Power Wheels Derby, ages 3-7, will start at 6 p.m., followed by the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m., both in front of the grandstands. It will also be Open Mic Night on the Fayetteville Lumber Stage beginning at 7 p.m. At approximately 9 p.m., the 2019 Toyota Camry will be given away in front of the grandstands.